Best Of The Golden Land – Myanmar Tour
Starting from Yangon, make your way to the sacred Golden Rock then immerse yourselves in the beautiful Inle Lake before being amazed by Mandalay and the city of temples – Bagan. All is the feature in your Myanmar tour times and see the bests of Golden land has to offer
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Visit all highlights of Yangon including the most sacred and ancient Shwedagon
Touch to the Golden Rock, one of the pride of every Burmese that is on top of the mountain
Witness the most surprising way of single leg oaring by local fishermen at Inle Lake
See the longest Ubein teak wood bridge and the world largest book Kuthodaw in the olden day Mandalay capital
Watching the beautiful sunrise over thousands of temples in the legendary Bagan
Feel the charm and friendliness of almost every local Burmese you face on the way
Welcome to Myanmar!
You will be picked up at the airport by our local tour guide and driver to transfer to your hotel.
Yangon is a relatively quiet and charming city with its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage. Today you will explore the city center and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. Start at the post office – a historic building, walk to Sule Paya in the middle of downtown, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way.
Then continue to Little India and Chinatown, a colorful cacophony of restaurants, temples and markets. Visit Bogyoke Market, formerly known as Scott’s Market. This is Yangon’s best market for handicrafts and other goods. (Note: Market is closed on Mondays and public holidays). We will visit a local tea shop to have a chance to experience an integral part of Burmese life, pick the snacks and enjoy the local coffee/ tea and mingle with the locals here.
Next you will visit Kandawgyi Park, one of central Yangon’s greenest spots. In here you will have an opportunity to see the glittering Karaweik barge, a replica of the royal barge, and the vast lake with views of Shwedagon in the background. From here, we continue to visit famous Shwedagon Pagoda – the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar.
Have a nice sleep in Yangon
We will depart Yangon in the early morning for a journey by road to Kyaikhtiyo and visit the Golden Rock. Late morning, arrive at Kyaikhtiyo base camp (approximately 5 hrs). You will have a chance to travel by local open-air truck along a winding road ( about 45 minutes) where you will be dropped off at the junction camp to travel the final distance to Golden Rock on foot. The uphill trek is along a paved trekking path and offers great views of the surrounding area. For an easier alternative, four porters can carry you uphill in a specially-made sedan chair allowing you to enjoy the views without all of the hard work! (extra cost not included).
After about one hour of trekking, reach the Golden Rock. A huge boulder covered by gold leaf and delicately balanced on the edge of a cliff, Golden Rock is one of Myanmar’s main pilgrimage sites. The pagoda here is said to hold a hair of the Buddha and Buddhist from across the country come here to pay homage.
You will have a wonderful night near Golden Rock.
In the morning don’t forget to take a glimpse of the sunrise on the Golden Rock.
Then we will return down to base camp by the same route on foot and by open-air truck. Then drive to Bago, the former capital of the Mon kingdom. We will visit a local market in Bago and then to Shwethalyaung Temple. Stop at the local Mon village nearby for a short walk through this quiet, typical rural village. On the way back to Yangon, it would be a great place for you to visit the Allied War Cemetery near Htaukkyan. This beautiful, peaceful cemetery is the final resting place for over 27,000 Allied soldiers.
Have a nice sleep in Yangon.
After having an early breakfast at the hotel, our driver will pick you up to transfer to the airport for the flight to Heho.
From Heho, a scenic one-hour drive leads to Nyaung Shwe, the gateway village to Inle Lake. Along the way, we will stop at the wooden Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery which features beautiful carvings and a collection of Buddha images. We will board a private motorboat to head out to Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s most spectacular sights. Take a visit to Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the lake’s main sanctuary, which contains five sacred Buddha images covered in gold leaf. You will have a chance to explore the local crafts of Inle Lake with a stop at the weaving village of Inpawkhone and a cheroot factory, where the typical Burmese cigars are made by hand.
Have a good night in Inle Lake.
After enjoying your delicious breakfast, let’s join the streams of local people to the morning market.
(Note: the market is daily except on dark moon day and full moon day).
Then, we will continue to the western banks of the lake and travel down a small canal to Indein – a Pa-Oh village which is known for its stupa-covered hill at Alaung Sitthou. Don’t forget to spend time to explore Indein on foot, strolling around the village, visit a local school and make your way to the top of Alaung Sitthou where you can wander amid the weather-beaten stupas and enjoy magnificent views of the lake below.
Back to your boat and have more sightseeing before returning to your hotel.
Have a great night at Inle Lake.
Free for your own leisure until our driver will pick you up to transfer to airport for flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, your driver and tour guide will wait to transfer you to your hotel (approximately 1-hour drive).
Overnight in Mandalay.
After having your tasty breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for an excursion around Mandalay to explore the former capitals of Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura. Cross a bridge over the Irrawaddy River to Sagaing, covered with 600 white-painted pagodas and monasteries, Sagaing Hill is widely regarded as the religious center of Myanmar. It has about 3,000 monks and 100 meditation centers and you will visit pagodas such as Swan Oo Pon Nya Shin and U Min Thone Sae.
You will have an opportunity to visit Sagaing’s local market, a typical Burmese market that few tourists visit. Then we will continue to visit the south of the city to Ava, the capital from 14th to 18th centuries, where a short ferry ride will take us across the river to where our horse and carriage are waiting. Visit the old wooden Bagaya Monastery and the remains of the Royal Palace and Fort.
Next, we will return toward the city and stop at Amarapura, a former capital whose name means ‘City of Immortality’. First, we will visit a silk weaving workshop which produces exquisite handmade products and then visits Mahagandayon monastery when over one-thousand monks reside. After touring this tranquil site, continue to U Bein Bridge for a walk along this 200-year-old teak bridge. The bridge was constructed of 984 teak posts that were once part of the deserted Inwa Palace and it is 1.2 kilometers in length making it the world’s longest teak span. You will have time to enjoy a stroll along the bridge and the fabulous views of the surrounding farms and streams.
We will back to Mandalay late afternoon and have a good night in Mandalay.
After enjoying your breakfast, you will be transferred to the Mandalay jetty pier and board a private local boat for one hour cruise on the Irrawaddy River to Mingun.
It’s time to take a visit to the main sites of Mingun beginning with the famous Mingun Pahtodawqyi, the beautiful white Hsinbyume Pagoda whose distinctive style is meant to resemble the mythical Mount Meru. Then, you can have a look at the Mingun Bell which weighs 90 tons and is considered the world’s largest uncracked ringing bell. Return to Mandalay by boat, enjoy your delicious lunch on board as you make your way back to the city.
Next, we will visit Mahamuni Pagoda and a wood carving workshop. We continue your tour of Mandalay with a visit to Kuthodaw Pagoda – the ‘World’s Biggest Book’. The last stop is Shwenandaw Monastery, the only remaining building from the 19th century Royal Palace.
Have a good night in Mandalay.
In the early morning, we will depart Mandalay for a 3-hour drive to Monywa, a typical Burmese town on the banks of the ChindwinRiver.
Arrive to Monywa at midday and check into the hotel. In the afternoon we will begin with a visit to Thanboddhay Pagoda, a huge Buddhist temple covered with more than 500,000 Buddha images. Also, you can stop at Boditahtaung Pagoda which houses the largest reclining Buddha image in Myanmar, at 100m long and 27m high. Nearby is the largest standing Buddha in the world, Laykyun Setkyar, at 423 feet in height.
Our driver will pick you up to return to your hotel this evening.
Overnight in Monywa.
Our driver will pick you up to depart to Po Win Taung (approximately 1-hour drive).
This extraordinary complex consists of 947 sandstone caves dug out of the hills and contains what is considered by archaeologists to be the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in South East Asia.
After visiting Po Win Taung, continue a few hundred meters away to Shwe Ba Taung. You can spend time to explore this interesting site where monasteries and temples are carved out rocky narrow cliffs. We will continue down the ‘road less traveled’ for another 90 minutes, passing traditional villages where you may see farmers climbing palm trees to extract juice from which they will produce palm tree sugar. You can also visit Kyet Su Kin village for an opportunity to learn more about the lifestyle and culture of the countryside residents. Then, resume your journey to Pakokku (1 hour).
Lunch is on your own account.
In the afternoon, we will board a private boat from Pakkoku to Bagan (2 hours).
Have a great sleep in Bagan.
In Bagan, your trip will cover:
– Thagyar Pone Temple, a temple with spectacular views over the surrounding plains
– Ananda Temple, one of the most revered temples in Bagan.
– Village and Gubyaukgyi Temple which is noted for its beautiful mural paintings on its inner walls and well-preserved plaster carvings on its exterior.
– Manuha Temple and Nan Paya Temple, two smaller temples with nice Buddha statues and stonework.
– Visit the lacquerware and wood crafts workshop to get to know about the local culture.
Take a break with lunch (pay on your own) and then return to your hotel for a short rest, escaping the extreme heat of the midday sun.
In the afternoon, continue to visit: the rural village of Minnanthu, one of Bagan’s least visited areas. Here you will explore temples such as Payathonzu, Lemyentha and Nandamannya before heading to the riverside pier. We will board a local boat for a slow cruise down the Irrawaddy River. As you cruise the waters, observe the lifestyle of the fishermen and riverside villagers as well as enjoying the unique perspective of Bagan’s temples. Return to your hotel this evening.
Have a good night in Bagan.
Hot-air balloon ride flying over the plains of Bagan. It’s time for you to enjoy the fabulous views as the sun rises over the stupas and Irrawaddy River. This is truly an unforgettable and unique experience!
(Note: available only from October to March).Please contact us for pricing.
Start your wonderful day with a drive to Chauk to visit the fabulous morning market, filled with locals buying and selling their goods. Then we will continue on to the village of Salay, an important Buddhist centre, and visit its famed wooden monastery with intricate carvings.
Next, we will head through the countryside to Mount Popa, an extinct volcano which is believed to be home to the ‘nats’, ancient Burmese animist spirits. You will have a chance to climb to the top for stunning views of the surrounding countryside before descending down to Bagan.
(Note: Salay monastery museum closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and public holidays). Overnight in Bagan.
In the morning our driver will pick you up to transfer to the Nyaung U Airport for your flight to Yangon. Upon arrival, your driver will greet you and transfer to your hotel to check – in.
The rest of the day is free for your own leisure.
Overnight in Yangon.
Today is at your leisure until transferring to the airport for your onward flight.
We hope this tour will bring you unforgettable memories. Thank you for choosing our services!
|Yangon||Summit Park View Hotel||Inya Lake Hotel||Sule Shangrila Yangon|
|Kyaikhtiyo||Mountain Top||Mountain Top||Mountain Top|
|Inle Lake||Golden Island Cottage||Inle Resort & Spa||Aureum Inle Resort|
|Mandalay||Bagan King||Triumph Hotel||Mandalay Hill Resort Hotel|
|Monywa||Monywa Hotel||Win Unity||Win Unity|
|Bagan||Bagan Thande Hotel||Aye Yar River View||Aureum Bagan|
- Accommodation in twin/double sharing with breakfast
- Private transfer with air-conditioner van (except open truck in Kyaikhtiyo)
- Domestic flight Yangon – Heho – Mandalay – Bagan – Yangon
- Bottle of water on tour days
- Regional English speaking guide
- Private local boat for Mingun excursion, from Pakkoku to Bagan and for Inle Lake excursions
- Horse cart tour in Ava & Bagan
- Meals as indicated (without beverage)
- All entrance and sightseeing fees
- Taxes and service charges
- Optional tours (quote separately)
- Travel insurance
- Myanmar visa
- Beverages and meals not mention in Inclusive column
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses & laundry
- International flight tickets to/from Yangon
- International departure airport tax Yangon
- Early check-in & late check-out at all hotel
- Bank service fees, bank transfer fees for non-cash payments
- Peak season surcharges by hotels/ Compulsory dinner if there is any
- Note: Check in time: 02.00pm – Check out time: 12.00pm
Price valid till March, 2019 (per person in US dollar)